Teenager escapes prison in suitcase

BERLIN Tue Oct 30, 2007 4:55pm EDT

An employee of German railway operator Deutsche Bahn AG walks through the empty station of Ostbahnhof in Berlin, October 18, 2007. A 19-year-old German woman has escaped from prison by hiding in a friend's suitcase. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke

An employee of German railway operator Deutsche Bahn AG walks through the empty station of Ostbahnhof in Berlin, October 18, 2007. A 19-year-old German woman has escaped from prison by hiding in a friend's suitcase.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - A 19-year-old German woman has escaped from prison by hiding in a friend's suitcase.

The fugitive hid inside the large case when her 17-year-old fellow inmate was released from the youth prison in northwest Germany on Friday, Lower Saxony ministry spokesman Dennis Weilmann said on Monday.

The girl simply walked out of the building with her friend concealed in her luggage, Weilmann said.

"Our staff are going to make sure they inspect big suitcases more carefully in the future," Weilmann said.

Neither of the teenagers has since been caught. Both had been jailed for theft. The escaped prisoner had less than two weeks left to serve.

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